Screen Orientation

Adds Screen Orientation API lock and unlock functions to the global screen object in android, iOS and BB10.
platforms: ios,android,blackberry10
$ cordova plugin add net.yoik.cordova.plugins.screenorientation

Cordova Screen Orientation Plugin

Cordova plugin to set/lock the screen orientation in a common way for iOS, Android and Blackberry 10. From version 1.0.0 the interface is based on the Screen Orientation API.

The plugin adds the following to the screen object:

lockOrientation(ORIENTATION_STRING) lock the device orientation

unlockOrientation() unlock the orientation

orientation current orientation (ORIENTATION_STRING)


cordova plugin add net.yoik.cordova.plugins.screenorientation


Supported Orientations

portrait-primary The orientation is in the primary portrait mode.

portrait-secondary The orientation is in the secondary portrait mode.

landscape-primary The orientation is in the primary landscape mode.

landscape-secondary The orientation is in the secondary landscape mode.

portrait The orientation is either portrait-primary or portrait-secondary (sensor).

landscape The orientation is either landscape-primary or landscape-secondary (sensor).


// set to either landscape

// allow user rotate

// access current orientation
console.log('Orientation is ' + screen.orientation);


Both android and iOS will fire the orientationchange event on the window object. For this version of the plugin use the window object if you require notification.

For this plugin to follow the full API events should be fired on the screen object. iOS and BB10 do not currently support events on the screen object so custom event handling will need to be added (Suggestions welcome!).

Android Notes

The screen.orientation property will not update when the phone is rotated 180 degrees.

iOS Notes

The iOS version is a combination of the cordova JS callback window.shouldRotateToOrientation and the workaround to recheck the orientation as implemented in

If you have a custom implementation of the window.shouldRotateToOrientation it will have to be removed for the plugin to function as expected.


There has been a few cases where the rotation does not change the width of the viewport

Issue #1 @dokterbob

It seems to be related to having width=device-width, height=device-height in the meta viewport (which is part of the boilerplate phonegap/cordova app). It can be solved by updating the viewport with width=device-height, height=device-width or simply removing width and height altogether.


Versions prior to 1.2.0 will cause an application crash in iOS8 due to a change in presentViewController timing.

BB10 Notes

Wraps the plugin functions, auto installed as a dependancy.



  • #33 iOS8 Delay Block


  • #23 iOS8 flicker


  • #19 iOS8 Crash

Pull requests welcome.